Strawberry Hill Gardens
Meet another face of Jamaica on Strawberry Hill’s 26-acre property. Since the days of the native Taino or Arawak Indians (Taino arrowheads have been discovered on the property), humans have enjoyed the sublime natural location of Strawberry Hill. Today’s visitors have even more to appreciate. Since its cultivation as a coffee farm in 1890, a gentle development strategy has allowed the mountaintop gardens to bloom shamelessly and the lawns to display a sublime beauty ringed by the mist-wreathed peaks. Wander our winding stone paths and marvel at our bounty: native avocado, mango, coffee, star apple, orange, lime, soursop, banana, and June plum and guava trees.
Years of loving cultivation have expanded Strawberry Hill’s variety of flora. Today, our grounds reflect our historical timeline. The main canopy lining the driveway is juniper (juniperus barbadea,) with specimens of cedar (cedrela odoratissima), eucalyptus and mango (mangifera indica.) Thus far, 350 endemic and exotic plant species have been catalogued at Strawberry Hill, making it a naturalist’s delight.